Science Communication Minor

The minor in Science Communication consists of three (3) required courses, one (1) additional course in written, or, or visual communication, and one (1) additional science course beyond the General Education requirements of Domain II-B, as follows:

Three (3) required courses:

  • COMM 215 Science Communication
  • ENGL 311 Writing about Science
  • SCOM 495 Internship in Science Communication

Upon request, internships will be arranged for students who meet the prerequisites for SCCO 495. Application and deadline information is available on the program website.

One (1) course in written, oral, or visual communication:
NOTE: Science Communication is an interdepartmental minor, and as such, students may only take one course from their major to count toward this minor. Accordingly, Communication Arts majors may not take courses in this group with a COMM prefix and English majors may not take courses with an ENGL prefix to satisfy requirements for this minor.

  • COMM 107 Effective Speaking
  • COMM 130 Visual Communication
  • COMM 200 Design for Integrated Media
  • COMM 201 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • COMM 213 Advanced Effective Speaking
  • COMM 214 Introduction to Acting
  • COMM 226 Writing for Visual Media
  • COMM 260 Voice and Articulation
  • COMM 280 Introduction to Film Production
  • COMM 328 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 372 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media

One (1) additional science course beyond the General Education requirements of Domain II-B:
Upon completion of Domain II-B General Education Requirements, students must take one (1) other science course from the list below. The course must have a prefix different from their major and from the other General Education courses they have completed.

  • ASTR 123 Practical Astronomy with Lab
  • ASTR 220 The Solar System
  • ASTR 230 Stars and Galaxies
  • BIOL 101 Biological Concepts with Lab or
    • BIOL 109 Introduction to Biological Science with Lab or
    • BIOL 130 Principles of Biology with Lab
  • BIOL 103 Biological Perspectives on Environmental Issues
  • BIOL 112 Biology of Marine Organisms with Lab
  • BIOL 114 A Human Perspective on Genetics
  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology with Lab
  • BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology with Lab
  • BIOL 203 Plants and Society
  • CHEM 101 The Chemistry of Life
  • CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM 107 Principles of Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM 108  Principles of Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis with Lab
  • CHEM 131 Science – Environment and Health with Lab
  • EASC 101 Climate Change is Now: An Introduction to Earth Systems
  • EASC 108 Understanding the Weather: Introduction to Meteorology
  • EASC 118 Our Blue Planet: An Introduction to Oceanography
  • EASC 101 Conversations with the Earth: An Introduction to Earth Systems
  • ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy
  • FDSC 151 Principles of Food Science
  • FDSC 161 Introduction to Food Science and Technology with Lab
  • GEOL 108/108L Our Dynamic Planet: Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab
  • GEOL 208 Principles of Physical Geology with Lab
  • GEOL 232 Historical Geology: The Evaluation of Earth and Life Through Deep Time (with Lab)
  • NUTR 205 Nutrition Science and Applications
  • PHSC 109 Introduction to Physical Science with Lab
  • PHYS 111 Physics, Nature, and Society with Lab
  • PHYS 201 PHYS 201/201L Physics with Applications to Earth and Life Systems with Lab
  • PHYS 211 Principles of Physics I with Lab

NOTE: Students minoring in science communication are also recommended to take a course in statistics.